Nido Qubein

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Nido R. Qubein
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President of High Point University
Assumed office
Preceded byJacob C. Martinson Jr.
Personal details
Born (1948-08-21) August 21, 1948 (age 74)
Alma mater

Nido Qubein is a Lebanese American businessman and motivational speaker. He has been the president of High Point University since 2005.[1] He received his Associate's degree in business from Mount Olive College, his bachelor degree in human relations from High Point University in 1970, and a Master of Science in business education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business & Economics in 1973. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in humanities degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.[2] Qubein is the founder and chairman emeritus of the National Speakers Association Foundation.[3] He has served as chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company since 2001[4] and on the board of directors of BB&T (now Truist Financial) since 1990[5] and La-Z-Boy Corporation since 2006.[6]

From 2005, when Qubein became the seventh president of High Point University,[7] to 2020, the school nearly tripled both the number of faculty and its traditional undergraduate enrollment, adding four academic schools.[8] Qubein is notable for being among the higher-paid college presidents in the United States, earning $2.9 million a year in 2013.[9] In 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Qubein was the third-highest donor university president in the country, from 2006 to 2016. He committed $10 million to High Point University.[10]

In 2017 Qubein became a board member for nThrive,[11] a healthcare technology company focused on financial and operational performance.


In 2000, Qubein was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.[12] In 1999, Qubein was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business & Economics.[13] In 2000, Toastmasters International awarded him their Golden Gavel Medal.[14] He was awarded the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations' Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[15] In 2012, he was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Medal.[16]

In early 2017, High Point University announced that it would name its new basketball arena and conference center for Qubein and his wife, Mariana. Construction on the new facility started in 2018 and opened in September 2021.[17]


Beginning in January 2012, UNCTV began airing High Point University Presents A Conversation with... series. The hour-long segments feature Qubein interviewing prominent leaders and innovators.[18]

In 2015, the Biography Channel aired Nido Qubein: A Life of Success and Significance.[19]


Qubein has written 11 books, including How To Communicate Like A Pro and Stairway to Success: The Complete Blueprint for Personal and Professional Achievement.[20]

The September 2012 issue of Success magazine featured Qubein discussing his role as president of High Point University. The story chronicles Qubein's leadership of the school since taking the helm in 2005.[21]


Qubein was born the youngest of five children in 1948 and is of Lebanese and Jordanian descent.[22] He came to the United States in 1966.[23][24]


  1. ^ University, High Point. "Office of the President". Office Of The President. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "UNC Greensboro news". Archived from the original on March 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "NSAF | NSA Foundation".
  4. ^ Inc, Great Harvest Franchising. "Meet the Bread Business Team | Great Harvest Bread". {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ "Branch Banking & Trust". La-Z-Boy Corporation.
  6. ^ "La-Z-Boy Corporation past award winners".
  7. ^ "Interview with Nido Qubein - Let Go & Lead". SpeakersOffice. January 26, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Transformation".
  9. ^ Jean Stancill, December 8, 2015, News & Observer
  10. ^ "Data from the 2016 Almanac". August 14, 2016.
  11. ^ nThrive. "nThrive Selects Board of Directors". Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "Horatio Algers Association".
  13. ^ "Home Page".
  14. ^ "Toastmasters International Honors Nido Qubein With Golden Gavel". Toastmasters International Media Center.
  15. ^ "National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations award winners". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011.
  16. ^ "2012 NSDAR Congress Opening Night Guest Speakers: Honorees who are Enhancing our Present". Archived from the original on April 14, 2013.
  17. ^ Huffman, Steve (January 30, 2017). "HPU's $100M basketball, conference center to be named for Qubein Family". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "UNCTV Series: HPU Presents". Archived from the original on June 19, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  19. ^ "Nido Qubein: A Life of Success and Significance". Archived from the original on December 21, 2021.
  20. ^ "Keynote Speaker and Successful Businessman, Author Dr. Nido Qubein".
  21. ^ : Success Magazine: "Making the Grade"
  22. ^ "Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans member info". Archived from the original on May 13, 2006.
  23. ^ "2006 Horatio Alger Award Winner Nido R. Qubein". Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc. Retrieved January 29, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Qubein fund backs students | Philanthropy Journal | NC State University". May 19, 2003. Retrieved January 29, 2020.

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